After hundreds of people in Hong Kong were arrested by the police during a demonstration last Sunday, experts believe that as Beijing expands the scope of arrests through the Hong Kong National Security Law, Hong Kong will enter a difficult period. Hongkongers were supposed to vote for the Legislative Council in elections on Sunday.
United Nations human rights experts jointly sent a letter to the Chinese government stating that the Hong Kong National Security Law “infringes certain fundamental rights,” and expressed concern that the law may be used to prosecute political dissidents in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong government confirmed on Thursday that twelve Democrats were notified by the Returning Officer that they were disqualified from running for the Hong Kong Legislative Council election in September. Potential candidates are questioned by the authorities before they are approved.
The Chinese government has opened a “National Security Safeguard Office” in Hong Kong, as enshrined in the newly adopted controversial national security law. The move comes barely a week after the enforcement of the new legislation, imposed on the city of Hong Kong by Beijing.
China today accused the United Kingdom of “gross interference in Chinese internal affairs,” following Britain’s recent decision to facilitate access to citizenship for Hong Kong residents, in reaction to its great opposition to Beijing’s new security law. The accusation was made by the Chinese ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed alarm over the many arrests that have been made since Wednesday in Hong Kong courtesy of the controversial new national security law. Hundreds of people have since been arrested in the former British colony since Wednesday.
The US Senate passed a final version of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on Thursday, authorizing Washington to sanction individuals and businesses that promote the controversial national security law in Hong Kong and restrict Hong Kong’s autonomy.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today condemned the recent arrests in Hong Kong, which he called another “communist-run city,” following the entry into force of China’s new national security law applied to the territory. Pompeo also made remarks to reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
In yet another protest move towards China, following its enactment of the controversial national security law that has been imposed in Hong Kong, the United States government has restricted defense equipment and high-tech products exports to Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement.
The controversial Hong Kong security law is about to be implemented. China has refused to cancel it, as proposed by various western nations, and it is now threatening American critics with visa restrictions. It is a move similar to what had been taken before by Washington towards China’s proponents of the controversial law.
The US Senate has passed the Hong Kong Autonomy Law on Thursday, which will impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that support China’s restrictions on Hong Kong’s autonomy. This is seen as a counterattack against Beijing’s enactment of the “National Security Law.“
China revealed its intentions today of establishing a national security bureau in Hong Kong, as outlined in its recently passed, controversial National Security Law for Hong Kong. The security bureau will report directly to the Chinese central government, and will be located in Hong Kong.
A group of 86 international Non-governmental organizations has called upon China to abandon the national security law, as it greatly infringes on Hong Kong’s human rights and freedoms. In a bid to curb dissidents in Hong Kong, Beijing is keen on the imposition of the controversial law.